TALLADEGA -- The Cheaha District of the Greater Alabama Council of the Boy Scouts of America honored three local residents for their service to the community with the Heart of an Eagle Award.
Wayne Galloway, of Lineville; Marie Moore, of Lincoln; and Billy Sparkman, of Talladega; were presented the Heart of an Eagle Award on Saturday night at the Cheaha District American Values Dinner. The dinner was at the Mt. Canaan Baptist Church Family Life Center in Talladega.
Former Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback John Parker Wilson was the keynote speaker.
Scotty Parker, senior district executive for the Cheaha District, said the Heart of an Eagle is given to individuals who have demonstrated leadership, character and integrity in their service to the community, their profession and their country.
Parker said the award symbolizes strength and compassion and demonstrates that leadership and philanthropy go hand-in-hand in serving your fellow man.
Heart of an Eagle recipient Galloway served in the U.S. Army, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserves, retiring as a senior master sergeant after 22 years of military service.
Galloway moved to Lineville in 2010, joining the Veterans of Foreign Wars in 2012. Galloway continues to serve his community as the commander of the VFW in Lineville.
Galloway was involved in scouting for many years, serving at one time as a scout master.
“Volunteering is the price you pay for occupying this space you take up,” Galloway told the crowd at the dinner.
Award recipient Moore is the founder of the Lincoln Food Pantry.
While working at the Food Pantry, she managed volunteers, set up tables, sorted food and prepared food.
Moore was a member of the board of directors for the Coosa Valley Electric Co-Op for 15 years. Moore served on the board of directors for the American Red Cross, serving as the board chairperson for two years.
She was also an auxiliary volunteer for the hospital in Pell City.
Moore has received numerous awards for her service to the community, including honors from the Kiwanis Club, and the Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the St. Simon Peter Episcopal Church.
“I am proud to be a part of this today,” Moore said. “Thank you so much for this honor.”
Heart of an Eagle recipient Sparkman served as the executive director of the Alabama Industries for the Blind for 20 years.
Sparkman serves as a Sunday school teacher, choir member and on various committees for the Talladega First United Methodist Church.
He has served or is serving on many local boards in Talladega, including the United Way of North Talladega County, Red Door Kitchen, Easter Seals, Talladega Business Associates, Federal Correctional Institution Community Relations Board and the Talladega Chamber of Commerce.
In 2016, Sparkman was selected as the Talladega Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.
At Saturday night’s dinner, Eagle Scouts Cole Runyan and Quinton Wellborn spoke about how scouting influenced their lives in positive ways.
“Life is about choices,” Runyan said. “Scouting provides opportunities and experiences.”
Runyan said scouting helped him be a part of something greater than himself.
Wellborn said scouting helped honed his leadership skills.
“The Eagle Badge is now a part of my life, and I proudly wear it,” Wellborn said.
Parker said the event would have been impossible without the work of all the volunteers.
Mike Coleman was the master of ceremony. He also thanked the many sponsors for their support.
The Heart of an Eagle Award is unique to the Greater Alabama Council, Boy Scouts of America, which the Cheaha District is a part of. The Cheaha District encompasses Clay, Randolph and Talladega counties.